UC Irvine's season continues as the Anteaters will play in the Corvallis (Ore.) Regional beginning Friday at Goss Stadium.
Coach Mike Gillespie's UCI squad, the No. 3 seed in the regional, opens against second-seeded UNLV at 2 p.m. Friday. Oregon State, the national No. 1 seed, will face fourth-seeded North Dakota State at 8 p.m. The games will be carried on the ESPN family of networks with UCI's game Friday afternoon on ESPN3.
The regional, with a double-elimination format, will continue Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary).
The 'Eaters are making the program's eighth postseason appearance in the past 11 years. UCI is 35-22 overall this season and finished third in the Big West Conference with a 15-9 mark.
Anteater junior right-hander Sam Moore leads the nation in saves with 23. Junior first baseman Connor Spencer ranks third in the Big West with a .361 batting average and senior right-hander Andrew Morales (9-2, 1.56 ERA) is second in the league in wins.
UNLV is 35-23 overall and was 20-10 in the Mountain West Conference, sharing the title with New Mexico. The Rebels were the top seed for the MW Tournament and fell to San Diego State, 4-3, in the championship game.
The Bison of North Dakota State are 25-24 overall and were 10-12 in the Summit League, but won the conference tournament, defeating Western Illinois, 9-0, in the final to earn the program's first NCAA Division I tournament appearance.
Oregon State is 42-12 overall and won its second consecutive Pac-12 title with a 23-7 record.
— From staff reports
Goss Stadium – Corvallis, Oregon
2 p.m. - #3 UC Irvine (35-22) vs. #2 UNLV (35-23) --- ESPN3
8 p.m. - #4 North Dakota State (25-24) vs. #1 Oregon State (42-12) --- ESPNU
Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary) TBD